Monday, April 23, 2018

Five Baseball Books to Read This Summer

Summer means it's time to pass the time by reading about our national pastime! Written by Kyle Magin Baseball is the best sport to watch while reading a book. Announcers don’t so much as breathe heavily unless a team is fighting to line up at the bat rack, so you don’t really miss anything by thumbing through pages except the swing,...

Baseball Should Move to MXC Yesterday

On Thursday, Rob Manfred brought up the most exciting possible pro sports expansion destination since, well… Anyway, baseball should definitely head to MXC Written by Kyle Magin Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred just set what should be the new standard for expansion conversation. Forget hockey and its attempt to manufacture a fourth California-style market in Vegas, forget the NFL and its idea...

The Yelp reviews for the Dodgers’ All You Can Eat Pavilion are the best ever

Yes, this not only exists in 2016, but fans actually find flaws with it. By Andrew J. Pridgen Baseball lives and dies with its promos. From the legendary (Disco Demolition Night, 10 Cent Beer Night) to the pandering (SF Social Media Night) to the sublime (Twins Fur Bomber Hat Day for those of you pining for the Grumpy Old Men/Newhart...

Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson doc underscores how little progress America has made in terms of race

Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. And it has been built back nearly everywhere else in America since then. By Andrew J. Pridgen Barack and Michelle Obama’s segment as talking heads during the second hour of Ken Burns’ new Jackie Robinson doc (airing April 11 and 12 on PBS and streaming online) was about Robinson’s legacy as it...

The Baltimore Orioles are Baseball’s Most Heartless Organization

Baseball is a remarkably unfair game, exacerbated by the fact that it’s run by a bunch of Al Pacino’s spawn from The Devil’s Advocate. Here’s the first of a semi-regular series this season on baseball’s most heartless organizations. Batter up, O’s. Written by Kyle Magin Baseball players are human beings. It’s true! They drink, chew, weep, suffer from broken hearts...

Dave Roberts’ decision to pull Ross Stripling during a debut no-hitter bid was the right one—though not the fun one

The message boards are pulsing this morning but with 157 games left to go this season, the Dodgers’ first-year manager did the right thing by ignoring the record books—and the fans. By Andrew J. Pridgen On a drizzle-flecked Friday night that conjured memories of the black-and-white San Francisco you grew up reading about just left of the Macy’s ad, Los...

Opening the present that is Opening Day

Happy Baseball! Because no other sport drops off memory and hope at your doorstep like a new phone book bound for the recycling each spring. By Andrew J. Pridgen The world needs another syrupy 817-word warble about the importance of baseball, the we-need-it-now-more-than-ever significance of it like it needs a fourth Hangover installment. So I’ll try to be brief: The world needs...

2016 World Series Odds | Who to bet and who to forget

Spring Training, where beer tastes like Axe body spray and clear acrylic stilettos. Where the Oakland A’s play in an actual baseball stadium. Where (El) Super Burritos in North Scottsdale flow like well tequila. Where the Pink Pony is a steakhouse not a strip club. Where the poolside bar at Hotel Valley Ho is manned by my favorite former...

Welcome to baseball 2016: Spring Training in midstream

Pitchers and catchers aren’t the only ones working the kinks out in February. By Andrew J. Pridgen My first spring training was in March of 1999. The old timers (the still upright World War II snowbirds) were on hand with their whiskey and oxygen, riding custom golf carts around Old Town Scottsdale, buying general reserve seats and scooting down behind home...

Welcome to Baseball 2016: Some Old Baseball Cards, or Why Owning Three Greg Bookers is Bullsh*t

Welcome to pitchers and catchers 2016. Whether you’ve just broken your fourth scraper on your cracked windshield since December or are in SoCal wondering whether this El Niño thing might be a more suitable name for a Kimchi taco truck in downtown LA, there’s a faint whiff of discarded chaw, beard sweat and Bud Light Lime in the air....